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Forum topic by TDDriver posted 06-16-2012 10:32 PM 4368 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TDDriver

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06-16-2012 10:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: thickness sander

I’m thinking about trying to convert an old Delta or Dewalt planer into a thickness sander, which I believe I can do for a heck of a lot less $$$ than popping for a used Performax, assuming I could find one. Anybody ever done this? Even if you haven’t, any perceived gotchas or tips?

-- My best ideas are usually too short. That's why I buy two more boards than the project requires.


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#1 posted 06-16-2012 10:41 PM

You’d get to a working machine faster building a wooden
unit from one of the plans in various magazines.

A Belsaw planer could be converted. You’d need to find
a way to bring down the cutterhead speed.

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#2 posted 06-16-2012 11:26 PM

Way too much speed on the spindle. Don’t even know how you would slow that puppy down.
Just my take on the initial thought.
Bill

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#3 posted 06-16-2012 11:42 PM

Actually, as universal motor I think one of those router
speed control would reduce the speed. There are
a bunch of other problems with the conversion though.

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TDDriver

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#4 posted 06-17-2012 02:59 AM

Thanks for your replies, folks, but I am not deterred. I posted a WTB on CL and will be taking possession of a Delta 12 inch planer ($75). I’ll keep you posted on my progress, or lack thereof, and suspect I will be coming back to the group as I pull this puppy apart.

Larry

-- My best ideas are usually too short. That's why I buy two more boards than the project requires.

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#5 posted 06-17-2012 04:06 AM

Good idea but…

A drum sander has a large drum. Lots of surface area for sandpaper.Makes me wonder about how much sandpaper could be loaded on the drum you’re proposing and how long the paper would last.

-- Nicky

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